The Iron Wall

The Iron Wall

Israel and the Arab World

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Challenging the consequences of the political, social, and military miracles of the modern State of Israel, the author argues that the "Iron Wall" strategy of making Israel the dominant state in the region has not produced large-scale peace or prosperity in the Middle East.

Norton Pub
A powerful revisionist history of Israeli policy toward the Arab world. As it celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, the State of Israel could count many important successes. Its population, six million, was ten times that of 1948. One-third of the world's Jews lived in Israel, speaking the Hebrew language that was confined to liturgy when Zionism was born. In its central aim of providing the scattered Jews with a haven, instilling in them a sense of nationhood, and forging a modern nation-state, Zionism has been a brilliant success. These achievements were all the more remarkable against the background of the appalling tragedy of the Holocaust. However, as Avi Shlaim points out in this political and diplomatic history of Israel, the conflict with the Palestinians, and with the Arab world at large, casts a long shadow over the history of the state. War and uneasy peace have marked Israel's relationship with the Arabs. What was promulgated as an "Iron Wall" strategy--dealing with the Arabs from a position of unassailable strength--was meant to yield to a further stage where Israel would be strong enough to negotiate a satisfactory peace with the Palestinians and its other Arab neighbors. How and why this goal remains elusive is the subject of this major new work.

Book News
Shlaim (international relations, Oxford U., England and one of the early "revisionist" or new historians of Israel) offers a chronological account and evaluation of the first 50 years of Israeli policy towards the Arab world. Includes a chronology and a prologue discussing the state's Zionist foundations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Argues that the "Iron Wall" strategy of making Israel the dominant state in the region has not produced large-scale peace or prosperity in the Middle East.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1999
ISBN: 9780393048162
0393048160
Branch Call Number: 956.04 SHL
Characteristics: xxv. 670p. ; 25 cm

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